Topheth

Topheth (Toh´fith)

A location in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom south of Jerusalem. The name was derived by taking the consonants of an Aramaic word meaning “hearth” or “fireplace” and pronouncing them with the vowels of the Hebrew word for “shame.” This was due to the practice of sacrificing children at this site as burnt offerings to Baal and Molech (Isa 30:33; Jer 7:31; Jer 7:32; Jer 19:6; Jer 11-14:6; Jer 32:35). Kings Ahaz and Manasseh of Judah are reported to have offered their sons in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (2Chr 28:3; 2Chr 33:6; 2Kgs 16:3; 2Kgs 21:6). King Josiah attempted to put a stop to the practice by defiling the altar at Topheth (2Kgs 23:10), but the practice was revived after his death.

Isa 30:33

33For his burning place has long been prepared; truly it is made ready for the king, its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; the breath of ... View more

Jer 7:31

31And they go on building the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire—which I did ... View more

Jer 7:32

32Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: ... View more

Jer 19:6

6Therefore the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Sla ... View more

Jer 11-14:6

Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant
1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:2Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the people of Judah and t ... View more

Jer 32:35

35They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did ... View more

2Chr 28:3

3and he made offerings in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and made his sons pass through fire, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom the Lo ... View more

2Chr 33:6

6He made his son pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom, practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He ... View more

2Kgs 16:3

3but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even made his son pass through fire, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom the Lord dro ... View more

2Kgs 21:6

6He made his son pass through fire; he practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, pro ... View more

2Kgs 23:10

10He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of Ben-hinnom, so that no one would make a son or a daughter pass through fire as an offering to Molech.

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